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tv   [untitled]    November 25, 2012 5:30am-6:00am PST

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>> good morning everyone. >> morning. >> good morning. >> good morning on this do you feel sunny day that we didn't anticipate. we actually would be outside celebrating if we knew it wasn't going to rain but we want to thank public housing to accommodate so you wouldn't be out in the rain. i am mayor lee new director of domestic violence services. today we have a mazing and important
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event and we are unveiling a critical center in this community. we will start off with mayors from our city and county mayor lee. please give him a round of applause. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. welcome to sunny dale, our hope sf site, our public housing site, a place we know that people not only want to survive but be part of the great city of san francisco so we are investing in people here. some months ago the police chief and me and others announced our effort to make public safety more important in the city and interrupt the violence, interrupt the patterns that we see with horrible months this year and
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what they're doing in terms of retaliation and violence among themselves. allow the police department to use the technology that they have and do police predictable policing and getting them the tools and the support from the rest of the city that they can do better predictive policing when it comes to crime patterns in the city and what is going on, but the most important part and you will hear this from the chief, from deanna and myself is the community organizing. that the strength of any program is investment in our people and that means organizing our communities, faith base communities and different organizations, the tenants right here in sunny dale, the residents here in this valley, all around mclaren park for example and get them
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organized and working with the community organizations that we fund, with our city department including first five and our human services department, our health department and others all engaged in the same direction with our faith base community to make sure we're working on all the programs and signal to people violence is not the answer. that we have a lot of great programs. that we want our kids to grow up and feel they have hope. whether or not they have parents in the household or brothers or sisters guiding them and we have those gaps and people will be cajoled to do things that aren't good for them and that's why it's important to have a center here in sunny dale and we want to say this is the first of resource centers in the city
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and it's important to establish it right here and get all of the city agencies collaborating but we're not just going to announce a location of the people here are going to do serious outreach to all of the residents that live here and touch them and let them know that we have great services. we also have a great promise to work with people, so the human services agency, the first five program, our visitation valley, family services who will be performing a myriad of services here are all works out of the center and we're working with the most important people, the residents of here, and they need to know our city will not give up. we don't allow obstacles to come in. we have this program and we believe everyone working together will build the appropriate trust and faith and we have deliverod that. this year already we worked with community groups like turf and
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hire individuals who live in public house to do the things we oftentimes contracted out to other people and maybe we get their lives on board. [applause] yes and thanks to the leadership of henry and other members are here and we're working together to do the right thing. we're investing in people and making sure that investment is more in roads to peacefulness, more services, more faith that the services can connect people up with positive roads and make sure everybody enjoys a chance to be part of a great city of san francisco. as you know i have been very visible with these world series and our incredible giants but every time i talk to people they say "giants are a great thing. the 49ers is a great thing. the
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warriors is a great thing. sports is a great thing" but they all say investment in people is the best program and that's why all those groups have programs and everything that is successful in the city represents success by returning investment in people, and that's why residents of sunny dale, residents of this area need to feel connected. for the children and people we want to make sure this is a safe area of the city. we are seeing signs of that but we need to keep it going. there are ups and downs and when we're down we're going to gather more tightly together. put more resources and improve the resources to make sure they're qualitatively in line with everything we want to do, so this another representation of
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our ipo program but the important part is investing in the community and the resource center physically here today is yet again going to take another great stop in offering a myriad of services to everybody but we have to touch everyone. we have to make sure they know about it and believe in it and we will follow through what we committed to. thank you for joining us on this ribbon cutting ceremony. >> thank you mayor lee. again the theme for today is organizing for a safer san francisco, so in order to get there and be effective we need to work closely with our social service departments and enforcement agencies together as a solid force so for today i would like to introduce another important individual that made the resource center possible. she's the director of first five and her name is laurel.
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>> thanks everybody. thank you mayor lee for inviting me today and celebrate the opening of the family resource center and really the newest strategy for violence prevention in this community. before i talk about that i want to thank three people who are visionaries, city funding visionaries with me and that is maria sue. [applause] , [inaudible] in the back from human services agency, and i know helen is here somewhere but she oversees the initiative and she is the most tireless advocate for families in san francisco so thank you helen. the family resource center initiative is grounded in the belief that families want what is best for their children. that all segments of society must support families as they raise their children to adulthood. that assuring the well being of family corner
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stone for all families and responsive to families needs and lynn questic and identity. that helps support parent resiliency, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need, and supporting their social emotional growth of their children. we believe that violence prevention starts very early when children are born and families are young and is accomplished by having these protective factors. the family resource center is one of 25 centers located in the city supported by the human services agency and first five. each
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resource center provides eight essential services so workshops and classes for parents and their children, parent's support, groups, peer support groups, curriculum based parent education classes, parent leadership, and community building, promoting activities that promote school readiness so children are ready for kindergarten and school success so children are graduating from high school. we provide family additional support in navigating the resources and coordinating support in times of need. most importantly family resource centers provide a warm, safe, fun place for families to go where they get respect. they're listened to and they are contributing members of the family resource center, so i am grateful for the opportunity to be part of this violence prevention strategy and i am thrilled that we're starting
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young, so thank you all, and please support us in the family resource center. thank you. [applause] >> thank you laurel and our next speaker is the executive director of apa, the actual contracted agency to deliver the services here in sunny dale. please welcome our next guest. >> hello everyone. thank you deanna and laurel and certainly mayor lee. i have a lot of people to acknowledge because it took a lot to get here. i'm the administrative director of the family service collaborative and we're excited to open one of what we hope will be a number of locations here in visitation valley to provide convenience and access for family support services that we were chodzen to provide. let me introduce our partners. jenny from edgeward packet and family services.
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ms. lawn and susan murphy and operate the one-stop center. we have patty from the samoan community development center and as deanna mentioned i am executive director of apa family support services and we are the lead agency for the visitation family services collaborative. let me introduce our -- team and wearing blue t shirts and we reflect the vibrant diversity of visitation valley and we are comp pent and bilingual and by culture. we have had a long presence in visitation valley and we join them to further enhars the efforts to support family, but i have to tell you apa and edge wood have provided
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services to residents but we haven't had a physical presence in visitation valley and that has meant that our families have had to travel to chinatown and other locations throughout the city to get services, but they can save that precious time to concentrate on their home, their children and to participate in school in their community. i want to thank henry alva ez and they expied our access to this unit. we are proud to be their neighbor here. thanks to me team who got the unit up and ready and running. i want to thank our sister organizations here in sunny dale, turf, mercy housing, the bay view ymca who we have joined to provide a continuum of services: i have to acknowledge the tireless dedication of helen hale, our
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program office at first five -- yes absolutely. [applause] and along with eric from the department of housing have lent their vision to make sure we succeed. we join others to meet those challenges when families have healthy relationships and children meet their milestones and when families can meet their economic needs with meaningful jobs and children go on to higher education or vocational training, when families are safe and connected to others in the community that's when we have addressed the challenges and we are committed to building the community. thank you all very much. [applause] >> thank you. so we wouldn't be real, for lack of a better word, unless we have someone in the
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community and living in the community and tell the story how important resources of in our community of sunny dale so i would like to introduce a proud mother, a parent, someone who has worked tirelessly for these violence prevention programs maria. >> thank you. thank you mayor lee for inviting me and thank you. as a parent who lives in sunny dale i see a lot of need in my community. we need things like better transportation, better education, more jobs, more health services, more family support and safer streets. i want to learn ways to help my daughter succeed in school so that she can have a better life. i want to part of a community where i can get help and people will treat me well. i want to my neighborhood to be safe where we know each other and want to help each other. i believe by having the family
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resource center in my community this is a great start to meet the needs. i i am here as a mom and single mom trying to make it -- and i am proud of our mayor and city. thank you. >> [applause] >> thank you maria. very touching. it brought tears to my eyes. [applause] so we would like to thank everyone that works tirelessly everyday in this community. we
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would like to first thank the agencies part of the apa collaborative. thank you turf, baby ymca. thank you to all of the agencies working day in, day out. the samoan community center and all the case managers meeting with the families and thank the case manager and how do we complement that work and create a change in the city and county of san francisco. we would like to thank public housing, henry allah ez, where are you? thank you for making this space available. we would like to thank the police department and thank you for all of your work and strategy and working with us in reducing violence. we would like to thank wendy from adult probation. we would like to thank william juvenile
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probation chief. we really want to put a shout out to department of children youth and their families, maria, and the human services agency first five, and of course the public housing commission and everyone else who has worked tirelessly in this endeavor. to move forward formally with unveiling the family resource center we would like to have the officials that spoke to be part of the ribbon cutting outside right in front of the family resource center. it will be open for the first time, so if you could all join me and walk with me and mayor lee down to the site and we thank you for all of your time. >> all right. >> before we get started we would like to thank supervisor cohen's office and the director of


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